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Keeping Streeterville Safe - Communities - Pioneer Press

Keeping Streeterville Safe - Communities - Pioneer Press


TOUriSm & ECONOmiC viTALiTy Tourism & Economic vitality Streeterville and the greater Chicagoland area consistently ranks in the top market for domestic and international business and leisure travel with over 45 million annual visitors. According to the u.S. Department of Commerce, Chicago was the tenth most visited city in the u.S. by overseas visitors in 2009. Travelers come from all over the world to enjoy Streeterville’s awardwinning restaurants, luxury hotels, bountiful shopping on the Magnificent Mile and world-class entertainment. In fact, Chicago boasts more Five-Diamondrated restaurants than any other u.S. city and is the only u.S. city with four Tony award-winning theater companies, according to World Business Chicago. With over 9.6 million people, 4.5 million employees and more than 240,000 businesses, Chicago “has one of the world’s largest and most diversified economies, with a gross regional product of more than $475 billion. It is an efficient economic powerhouse 8 2010-2011 STREETERVILLE COMMUNITY GUIDE that is home to more than 400 major corporate headquarters, including 28 Fortune 500 Headquarters,” according to World Business Chicago. “Rated #1 Large u.S. Metro for Economic Diversity by Moody’s Investor Services, Chicago is a key player in every economic sector, from risk management innovation to manufacturing to information technology to health services.” (World Business Chicago) Not only does Chicago proudly stand as one of the world’s largest economies, but it continues to grow. Chicago continues to prove itself on the international economic stage. In 2009, Chicago Customs District traded a total of $128.3 billion with foreign economies, with over $30 billion in exports (Crain’s Chicago Business). Chicago’s economic vitality has been demonstrated through its ability to diversify and attract new industries. “In 2009, Chicago was topranked for Economic Potential among major cities across the world and World Business Chicago identified more than 100 medium-sized new & expanded office, distribution/warehouse and manufacturing facilities announced, under development or completed in the metro area, representing a total of more than 11.6 million square feet and over $1.5 billion in economic development activity.” (World Business Chicago) Chicago is also paving the way as an environmentally-friendly, sustainable city. It “continuously ranks as one of the most sustainable cities in the country, with more LEED registered and certified buildings than any other city, 18 wind energy companies, a Top 5 Metro rating for the number of Energy Star rated buildings and an incomparable workforce - including more than 2,600 LEED credentialed employees. Combined with cutting edge research and development and wide-ranging incentives, Chicago is an ideal location for green companies to locate and grow.” (World Business Chicago)

CHiLDrEN’S mEmOriAL HOSPiTAL Children’s Hospital Taking Shape in Streeterville: An inside Look Streeterville neighbors and visitors soon will have the complete outer view of Children’s Memorial Hospital’s new 23-story, state-of-the-art facility, named Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The new hospital opens in summer 2012 and is more than 60% percent complete. As the construction focus turns to the interior spaces that will house the hospital’s innovative programs, the new prime location on the medical campus of Northwestern university Feinberg School of Medicine already is helping to entice top pediatric specialists to Chicago. NATiONAL LEADEr TO HEAD A UNiQUE CArDiAC UNiT A perfect example is the recent recruitment of John Costello, MD, MPH, an emerging national leader in pediatric cardiac and critical care from Children’s Hospital Boston. Costello will head the Regenstein Cardiac Care unit (CCu), which will be one of the few pediatric units of its kind in the country. The exterior of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is near complete and now much of the work is focused on the 1.25 million square feet of interior space. Lurie Children’s will open its doors in Summer of 2012. This unique 36-bed unit taking the entire 15th floor of the new building is designed to combine cardiac intensive care resources with the amenities of a private acute-care room. This model improves patient safety and comfort by allowing all cardiac patients to remain in the same unit and with the same caregivers from admission to discharge. Landscape architect Mikyoung Kim (left) and members of the Kids’ Advisory Board at Children’s Memorial get a first-hand look at the progress of the Crown Sky Garden. One design feature of the respite area will be an interactive translucent wall that will change colors as children approach. The Kids’ Advisory Board has worked closely with Kim throughout the design process of the garden. “The biggest advance of the CCu is that technology and expertise will be brought to the patients, rather than requiring them to move about the hospital to receive care,” explains Costello. “The proximity to Prentice Women’s Hospital is also a big advantage. This location will facilitate our ability to provide care for neonates with serious heart defects who need urgent cardiac stabilization and intervention, while simultaneously keeping them close to their mothers who are recovering from delivery at Prentice.” Dr. John Costello (left) looks over plans for the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit with Bruce Komiske, Chief of New Hospital Design and Construction at Lurie Children’s. EXPANDED EmErGENCy CAPACiTy Another unique feature taking shape at Lurie Children’s is The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Emergency Care Center located on the second floor, a model that hospitals across the country are now adapting to enhance safety. Nearly doubling the number of emergency beds, Lurie Children’s will be able to accommodate over 75,000 children, which is 10,000 more patients than the current emergency department in the Lincoln Park facility can handle. The view from the 5,000 square foot Crown Sky Garden located on the 11th and 12th floors of Lurie Children’s. A GArDEN AmONG SkySCrAPErS Located on the 11th floor and completely enclosed by glass, the 5,000 square foot Crown Sky Garden promises to be an awe-inspiring respite and activity area for patients and their families. The translucent interactive light wall that will change color as children approach is in the initial stages of installation. Renowned landscape architect Mikyoung Kim worked closely with patients on the Kids’ Advisory Board at Children’s Memorial to refine the design. BEiNG PArT OF THE COmmUNiTy Lurie Children’s will officially open its doors in summer of 2012, but the buzz about being part of the Streeterville community has already started. “Our many employees, physicians, patients and families are excited about the new facility and the opportunity to enjoy all the shops, restaurants, hotels, and other services that our new neighborhood will have to offer us.” says Patrick Magoon, President and CEO of Children’s Memorial. “We look forward to being your neighbor and being part of the spectacular North Michigan Avenue area.” To learn more about Lurie Children’s Hospital, visit: 2010-2011 STREETERVILLE COMMUNITY GUIDE 9

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